Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Chiefs shut out Texans for first playoff victory in 22 years

Knile Davis of the Chiefs returns the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown against the Texans. “It was a huge deal, man. It set the tempo,” Davis said. “It quieted everybody, kind of made everybody relax.” The play also marked the first time that the NFL playoffs started with a kickoff return for a score in the first game.

Getty Images

Knile Davis of the Chiefs returns the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown against the Texans. “It was a huge deal, man. It set the tempo,” Davis said. “It quieted everybody, kind of made everybody relax.” The play also marked the first time that the NFL playoffs started with a kickoff return for a score in the first game.

HOUSTON — After 22 years without a playoff victory, the Chiefs were determined not to give up the lead this time.

Turns out, Kansas City had enough points after jumping ahead 7-0 in the first 11 seconds.

The Chiefs used relentless pressure, five turnovers and a ball-control offense Saturday to dominate the Texans 30-0 in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

They were especially cognizant of not letting up after squandering a 28-point lead in a loss to the Colts in their last playoff appearance in 2013.

"What happened to us a couple years ago, everybody remembers that, even the coaches included, so our entire mentality is about finishing," quarterback Alex Smith said. "The mentality doesn't change."

They finished off Houston early and had the hometown fans booing by the second quarter. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer had his worst game, with four interceptions and a fumble.

Defense kept the Texans close in the first half, but All-Pro end J.J. Watt left with an injury in the third quarter and Jadeveon Clowney never even put on his jersey. Clowney, the top overall pick in the 2014 draft, was inactive with a foot injury.

The Chiefs extended their NFL-best winning streak to 11 games since a 1-5 start.

"We wanted to come in and dominate," safety Eric Berry said. "Right now we are locked in and ready for next week."

It was the first postseason shutout in 107 games, since the Panthers beat the Giants 23-0 on Jan. 8, 2006.

On the opening kickoff, Knile Davis got three good blocks around the 10-yard line then outran the rest of the defenders for a 106-yard return score.

The defense took over after that, forcing Hoyer into a fumble and a three of his career-high four interceptions before halftime to help the Chiefs (12-5) take a 13-0 lead.

"I made some bad decisions that really hurt the team," Hoyer said.

Houston coach Bill O'Brien said he never considered benching Hoyer, but backup Brandon Weeden told a different story, saying he was warming up late.

"We had talked about me going in there with Brian," Weeden said. "Brian wanted to finish the thing out. I don't blame him."

Smith threw a touchdown late in the third and Spencer Ware added a 5-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-0.

Kansas City ended a streak of eight playoff losses since beating the then-Oilers in Houston on Jan. 16, 1994. That team was led by Joe Montana and Marcus Allen.

"Was it 1994? I didn't feel it, but I know how important it is, too," coach Andy Reid said. "You get to the playoffs, and first round, if things don't go well, that rips your heart out."

Hoyer was 15-of-34 for 136 yards as Houston (9-8) lost a home playoff game for the first time.

Watt missed most of the second half after injuring his groin in the third quarter. He returned a few plays later but soon left again when he was pushed to the ground by the head by tackle Eric Fisher.

"That's just a dirty play," Watt said. "But the injury was before that moment."

Fisher said he didn't know the play was over. Kansas City receiver Jeremy Maclin strained his right knee on the same play and didn't return. He is scheduled for an MRI exam today.

Chiefs7671030
Texans00000

Chiefs shut out Texans for first playoff victory in 22 years 01/09/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. It's not a game, but the names are all the same in this football family

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — A coach yells across the field into a scrum of blue-and-white clad football bodies at Jefferson High: "Kim Mitchell! Kim Mitchell, come here!"

    These twins are not only identical, but they have almost identical names. Kim Mitchell III, left, and Kim Mitchell IV are  talented football players at Jefferson High with Division I-A college offers. Kim  III wears No. 22 and plays cornerback while Kim IV wears No. 11 and plays safety. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
  2. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) pumps his fist to the crowd after Tampa Bay's 29-7 victory over Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The Bucs play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  3. Cannon Fodder podcast: Sorting through the Bucs' injuries

    Bucs

    Greg Auman sorts through the Bucs players sidelined with injury and illness in the latest edition of our Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Kwon Alexander left the Bucs' game against the Bears with a hamstring injury. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. College football week 4: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

    College

    The Times' college football coverage team makes its picks for week 4 of the college football season:

    USF coach Charlie Strong and the Bulls face Temple in a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday at Raymond James Stadium. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  5. Young girl injured by 105 mph foul at Yankee Stadium renews call for more netting

    Ml

    NEW YORK — A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

    Baseball fans reacts as a young girl is tended to before she is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. [Associated Press]